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The first step to Travis Picking is getting the thumb moving. That's the one consistent thing within all that's to come, and it needs to be very steady and independent.

Think of an old timey ragtime piano player, like you'd imagine in a western saloon. This is what his left hand would play. I can't stress enough that this needs to be second nature. Play this for hours and hours, while you watch a movie marathon or something like that.

We're going to add a ton of things to this and it's going to get complicated. So make sure you take the time to get really comfortable with this before moving on. Ideally you'd be able to carry a conversation without messing up.

For this demonstration we'll just do the pattern for 16 bars with the metronome, but keep in mind that you may have to do it for a much longer time than what we'll do now.

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Travis Picking